The great Jaguar stalwart and racer Bill was farewelled today at a moving ceremony held at Caloundra on the Queensland Sunshine Coast, close to his much loved home.
His sons Michael and Rob plus daughter Kym, and all of his grandchildren, were wonderful hosts at a ceremony which celebrated the extraordinary life of this incredibly modest racing champion.
His two most famous Jaguars were D-Type XKD526, and his works built racing ‘Mk1’ – one of very few of its kind built.
We will have a major tribute to Bill in our coming edition, but if you wonder just why he is so revered despite retiring from the track in 1963 – this will explain:
Winner: 24 Hour Race Mt Druitt 1954 – XK120 FHC – defeated C-Type of Peter Whitehead and Tony Gaze
Winner: Victorian TT – D-Type
Winner: Australian Touring Car Championship 1961
Second: Australian Touring Car Championship 1960, 1962
Winner: AJC Trophy ‘Mk1’
Winner: Queensland Touring Car Championship – twice
1957 Mobilgas Trial – MkVIII 7th outright – first non-Volkswagen home
Australian Grand Prix 1954 – 11th outright following puncture in the XK120-based Anderson Special (only race)
Bill was a competitive, brave and highly skilled driver – but if he had a failing – it was that he was too modest!
After all, it was he and a couple of fellow Jaguar ‘Mk1’ racers who established Australia’s love affair with touring car racing – and that is broadcast to the world today, of course.
Farewell to the great Jaguar devotee – and a truly good ever-smiling gentleman.
Jaguars of all vintages made a starring appearance in Adelaide on the track during the first round of Supercars – the Clipsal.
Cars from all of the eras were on hand to parade the Supercar drivers around the track.
Even the television commentators were impressed, and added the parade was staged to commemorate Jaguar’s success at Le Mans – particularly in 1957 when Jaguar scored its finest result there.
It isn’t the first time Jaguars have appeared on the same track.
In 1989, for the Australian Grand Prix meeting, Jaguar even brought the priceless XJ13 to Australia for its engineering ‘minder’ George Mason to drive.
Congratulations to all involved – and the tail cars – new F-Types – topped off a spectacular sight.
Barn Find 1962 Jaguar E-Type Makes £145,600 at Historics Auction
A barn found 1962 Jaguar E-Type roadster with copious superficial rust made £145,600 at Historics Brooklands Museum Auction today. However, it is a runner and, rather than restore it, there is speculation that it will be mechanically fettled and kept as it is.
A stunning 1948 Jaguar Mk IV, once run by Jaguar Deptury Chairman Arthur Whittaker was purchased by his three grand daughters for £69,440.
And a beautiful 1953 Jaguar XK120 SE roadster, certified as a replica of the XK120 that achieved 141mph on the Ostend-Jabbeck motorway, sold for £128,800
A minister has said the government is supportive of Jaguar Land Rover’s ambition to make Coventry the centre of the global car industry in the future.
The decision to create the Energy Innovation Centre, which specialises in battery technology, and the Automotive Innovation Centre, at Warwick University have placed Coventry in the lead of the race to develop the next generation of electric-powered and driverless vehicles.
But the JLR boss has made it clear that government support is needed to ensure Coventry, and the UK, does not lose the race to lead the evolution of the motor industry.
Mr Speth has said investment is needed in power supply, land and roads, 5G mobile technology to serve driverless cars and infrastructure such as car charging points.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Telegraph, Nick Hurd, minister for industry and climate change, has underlined the government’s support for JLR’s ambitions.
What do you think of JLR’S shopping list?
Mr Hurd said: “I saw Ralf this morning at a meeting of the automotive council.
“Towards the top of that shopping list is about how we position organisations like JLR so they can manufacture future cars.
“The future is going to be electric and ultra-low emission cars.
“What we all want is for the cars, and the bits that make them up, to be built here. If we succeed then this area is going to succeed and benefit from that because of its strengths.
“This area has got a real determination to make that happen, and the government is massively supportive of it.”
He added: “In relation to Jaguar specifically, we’re looking at what can we do to work together to talk seriously about building batteries, which is at the heart of the electric car, here in the UK. That’s the vision.”
Are you confident you can deliver JLR’S shopping list?
Mr Hurd said the government had already committed about £600m to encouraging people to buy electric cars and the infrastructure, such as charging points, to make owning electric vehicles viable for ordinary drivers.
He added: “We certainly share the ambition to make sure that the West Midlands and the UK is superbly positioned to take full advantage of the big change we are seeing in the industry.
“That includes making sure we have infrastructure in place, the energy structure, the charging infrastructure and critical research and development sites.
“Warwick University is a huge asset in that context.
“We’re focused on integrating all that to make the UK super competitive as a place to develop the technology and everything that underpins the future of that industry which seems to be electric.”
Is the money there to deliver the shopping list?
“Money is tight. Everyone knows that, so we have to be smart about how we deploy it.
“But the process of the industrial strategy consultation is that we want to hear from regions that are strategically important. That’s why I’m here today.
“We want to know, what are the growth plans in the area and what do you need to unlock the potential here.
“There’s been money available before, and this area has benefitted from that, there’s an opportunity with the combined authority and devolved powers coming.
“There are resources out there, but it’s about figuring out what’s the smartest way of using them.”
How supportive are you of JLR’s ambitions?
“We’re very supportive of JLR and they know that. They’ve challenged us, quite rightly, but we’re challenging the sector as well.
“This is a massive opportunity and we have to get it right. Jobs may be at risk if we get this wrong.
“If the car industry is changing its technology, we want the UK to be at the front of that.
“We want JLR to succeed.”
Does the Brexit vote strengthen JLR’s hand in negotiations with the government?
“They’re in a strong position because they have a great brand and superb products made by great people.
“They’re in a fantastic situation, but the industry they are in faces a very big change because there will be changes in what we drive, how we drive, even whether we drive.
“In the short term we have got to manage the Brexit issue which is very sensitive for the car industry.
“They have been very clear with us about what they feel is important for the car industry.
“It’s a big priority for the department, the secretary of state and me to support the car industry through the next few years.”
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Jaguar Land Rover CEO Officer Ralf Speth backed Nissan’s calls for extra funding for suppliers in the wake of last year’s Brexit vote, while cautioning that there must be “fair play” for all UK-based automakers.
The 100 million pounds ($123 million) that Nissan this week told parliament should be spent on luring component suppliers to Britain would be “absolutely” welcome, Speth said Wednesday, adding: “The closer the supply chain, the more beneficial it would be.”
The sourcing of parts from the continent has emerged as a key concern for UK car producers following the June 23 vote to quit the European Union, especially since many components are re-exported and imported again several times during the manufacturing process. That means they could incur tariffs with each border crossing in the absence of a comprehensive trade deal.
At the same time, no automaker should enjoy unequal government support, according to the executive. His company produced about 544,000 cars in Britain last year, compared with 507,000 at Nissan’s UK operation, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders data shows.
“Fair play is something the UK is known for,” Speth said. “I’m quite sure that the government knows exactly what to do, and knows the value of Jaguar Land Rover — that we are the one and only to design, manufacture and do everything in the UK.”
Speth said that JLR has “repatriated” some component production to the UK to help smooth its supply chain as output increases, while adding that the volumes it’s likely to achieve are never going to be sufficient to persuade manufacturers of items such as specialist electronics and gearboxes to establish production in Britain.
The company is also concerned about the implications of a “hard” Brexit in areas including carbon controls and homologation measures, the CEO said. JLR, a unit of India’s Tata Motors, also employs about 1,000 non-British EU nationals in the UK and needs to maintain access to skilled labor, he said.
Speth, who spoke prior to the unveiling of Range Rover’s new Velar SUV, said that while he advocated Britain remaining in the EU prior to last year’s poll, he fully accepts the result.
It is time again in Australia for the massive Phillip Island historic race meeting, a week before the first round of the 2017 F1 season begins in Melbourne.
Cars have arrived from all over the world, but in Melbourne, and barely a spit from the Albert Part circuit, Mike Roddy is preparing his amazingly original and pristine Bathurst winning TWR XJ-S for action.
The car doesn’t come out all that often, but is painstakingly prepared and maintained by Mike. It remains totally original from the last time it was raced by TWR (New Zealand 1987), right down to the paint – inside and out!
None of the three remaining 1984-built TWR XJ-S remain as original as this one – and our research proved that it is the only one of those cars to run at ALL of the 17 TWR XJ-S races.
Yes, it was in action at every single meeting those cars were entered in. The next closest car is 11 races!
We will report on the Phillip Island Jaguar action in our coming edition – of course!
The Jaguar I-PACE Concept will make its European motor show debut at the Geneva Motor Show on 7 March in a new colour – Photon Red.
The concept, which will debut in production form later this year before going on sale in early 2018, was first shown in a muted silver exterior color at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The automaker has already received 350 preorders for the fully electric crossover.
The car looks stunning and we will have more news as it comes to hand.
Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC today reported February 2017 U.S. sales: Jaguar sales were 3,484 units, a 130 percent increase from 1,512 units in February 2016; Land Rover sales reached 5,747 units, down 10 percent from record February sales of 6,417 units in 2016; Jaguar Land Rover February U.S. sales for both brands hit 9,231 units, a 16 percent increase from 7,929 units in February 2016; making it the best ever Jaguar Land Rover February sales month.
“We are very pleased to have our best ever February retail month in the U.S. with both car and SUV sales growing across the two brands,” said Joe Eberhardt, President and CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC. The Jaguar brand continues to grow at a torrid pace on strength of the two newest products, the XE and F-PACE. Land Rover is coming off record 2016 sales and getting ready for the launches of the Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover Velar coming later this year.”
For the full year 2016, Jaguar Land Rover U.S. sales were up 24 percent to 105,104 units sold, compared to 85,048 units sold in 2015. With this performance, 2016 becomes the new U.S. high water mark for Jaguar and Land Rover brands’ combined sales, surpassing previous high of 102,191 sales achieved in 2002.
For the month of February, Jaguar sales were 3,484 units, a 130 percent increase from 1,512 units in February 2016; making it the best Jaguar February sales month since 2004.
The Jaguar F-PACE hit 1,596 units sold, making it the brand’s volume leader for the month, and the XE hit 993 units sold, its second best sales month since going on sale last spring.
Jaguar is plotting a second entrant into the ultra competitive SUV market sector with a stablemate for the mid-sized F-Pace – a smaller, baby F-Pace which could take on the E-Pace moniker when it arrives on sale next year.
The pre-production car wears heavy masking to disguise its looks, but it’s possible to make out the overall shape of the car and how it packs F-Pace design traits into a smaller, chunkier package with shorter overhangs. Compared with our previous spy shots, little, if anything about the upcoming baby Jaguar SUV has changed.
We spied the car for the first time early last year, our photographers spotting a modified Range Rover Evoque testing on roads near JLR headquarters in Gaydon, Warks. Since then we’ve recieved sporadic sightings of the car wearing a far more appropriate F-Pace inspired disguise.
An earlier sighting and DVLA licence check revealed that one of the baby SUV mules has been registered as a 2.0-litre diesel electric hybrid, hinting that JLR is working on alternative powertrains to help the LR-MS chassis through the next decade. Petrol or diesel-based hybrid tech would see CO2 drop below 100g/km, and could allow fuel economy of more than 70mpg.
As with the Evoque, the baby Jag is unlikely to benefit from more powerful six-cylinder engines, focusing on refined four-cylinder units. The E-Pace is expected to go on sale in 2018, priced from around £28,000.
Due to design constraints, Jaguar is not able to use a shortened version of the F-Pace’s chassis for the smaller car. Instead, the new model is expected to be based on the smaller (and older) Evoque. This is the same LR-MS chassis found on the Land Rover Discovery Sport, which isn’t due for replacement until 2022 at the earliest – proving there’s plenty of life in the platform.
Jaguar’s chief designer Ian Callum suggested earlier this year that any smaller model would need to move to a transverse-engined layout. “We’ve done front-wheel-drive studies, because everybody knows that if you go smaller than XE or F-Pace, you’ve no choice but to go that way,” he said.“The only way you’re going to get the look on the car is to turn the engine sideways. It is challenging, and we’ve clearly looked at how we could do it. You get that long snout otherwise, which looks out of proportion.”
As such, entry-level editions of the small car could be front-wheel drive – the first Jag to use that layout since the X-Type, and the extremely short rear overhang suggests Jaguar is testing a platform with front-wheel-drive in mind. Four-wheel drive will be offered on the bulk of the range, though, including the more powerful variants.
This is likely to ensure a smaller cabin and reduced boot space, although the car should be more than a match for rivals like the BMW X1 and forthcoming Mercedes GLB. It will be more practical than an Evoque, too, as its wheelbase should be slightly longer.
We’d expect official information to be revealed at some point this year, ahead of showroom-ready models arriving next year.
Number 23’s victory is still celebrated today. And with such a distinguished racing history, Bremont has chosen this car as the inspiration for its new MKII chronograph. Through the launch of Bremont’s E-type collection the British watch company has paid homage to the dial and car designs of that time, a source of constant inspiration for co-founders Nick and Giles English. This new white-dialed counterpart to the existing Bremont Jaguar range incorporates very similar design features to the successful MKII black dial, but with a new internal tachymeter dial ring which can be used to measure speed. The Sebring MKII also has new hands and a red stitched ‘racing’ leather strap, a nod to the red racing stripes which adorned the car and the vintage embroidered branding details.
Giles English, Bremont co-founder, said: “Bremont has enjoyed a very special relationship with Jaguar over the years. Nick and myself have always loved the old E-types and were thrilled to be a part of the Lightweight story in 2014 when Jaguar completed the production run of these 18 original racing cars from the 60s. The Sebring has such a lovely story in its own right, having won its class in 1963, so seemed a natural source of inspiration for our new MKII release.”
The MKII model, designed to instantly transport the wearer back to the golden era of 1960s sports car motoring, carries the Jaguar heritage logo above the six o’clock position as well as hour markings in the style of the numerals found on E-type instruments. The classic chronograph layout – featuring two subdials at the three o’clock and nine o’clock positions – is achieved through the use of the beautifully decorated BE-50AE automatic movement which has been customised by Bremont to a unique specification. A subtle ‘red line’ on the 60-minute counter pays tribute to the E-type’s tachometer.
The 43mm, polished stainless steel case – fitted with a double-domed crystal to enhance the vintage appearance of the watch – is made entirely in the UK by Bremont using its renowned, three-part ‘Trip-Tick’ technology which ensures a hardness seven times greater than that of a normal steel watch. Visible through a sapphire crystal case back, the mechanism again takes design cues from the E-type with an automatic ‘steering wheel’ winding weight. Further automotive imagery can be seen in the ‘tyre tread’ winding crown, which is topped with the Jaguar heritage logo to match that of the dial.
Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design said: “The MKII pieces capture the spirit of what is undoubtedly one of the most iconic sports cars of all time in a subtle and intelligent way. All the Bremont Jaguar watches subtly relay some of the codes of the E-type, but are also easy to recognise as having been created with the car in mind. They simply look absolutely right when you wear them in the driving seat – almost as if they had been designed alongside the car back in the 60s.”